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Hostelz.com's Review
Hostel Alice is a great hostel, which is professionally managed and takes care of the needs of the traveler. Besides that, the location is exceptional. It provides entertainment and good facilities.

The Location

The hostel is located close to the metro station Villa Madalena and therefore you can easily get there and you'll just need to walk a couple of minutes. Besides that, there are some convenience stores around the metro station and just a few minutes in the other direction is a supermarket. Also just around the corner there are some trendy restaurants, which offer a good deal for a lunch buffet.

Please keep the street name and the house number in mind (Rua Harmonia, 1275) since there is only the house number and a flower on the outside to show that it is a hostel. On the inside, you will see right away the reception/bar, where you check in and also can buy some convenience products like toothpaste and pasta. Besides that, you will notice the cool drawings and paintings on the wall. Also the decoration is very tasteful and fits in well.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms and the main bathrooms are located upstairs. There are three different dorm rooms and a male and a female bathroom upstairs. The dorm rooms are clean and kept in good condition. There is air conditioning for the night to keep the rooms cold if necessary. Besides that the lockers are inside the room and every bed has its own light and power plug. The beds are very comfortable and invite you to rest well.

The bathrooms upstairs where you have a shower and a toilet -- they are kept clean and are very modern. The outside bathroom is kept in excellent condition as well.

Common Spaces

The outside area of the hostel with some chairs, tables, and hammocks invite you to sit down and enjoy the beauty of the garden. Within the kitchen is a big table, where people come together to have breakfast together and dinner as well. The common area of the hostel is within the reception area. There you find the TV with Nintendos of different generations and the free-to-use computers as well.

The hostel staff play some music to entertain the guests on the sofas. Here people come together to have a drink or two. As a rule, alcohol is only allowed from the hostel bar.

Summary

Hostel Alice is a great hostel, which is professionally managed and therefore suits the needs of travelers. Attention is paid to details and to the atmosphere as well. The included breakfast is great with tea and coffee, toast and buns, ham and cheese, as well as scrambled eggs. Also fruits and some cake are offered. The good facilities in combination with the location result in a great place to stay in São Paulo.

by Martinthegerman
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2015
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Hostel Alice Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Attention to Detail by a Hands on Owner I am writing this after my 3rd stay at Hostel Alice in the last year. I love this little hostel that is more like a guest house in the Bohemian enclave of Vila Madalena in Sao Paulo for several reasons. Of course it has all the things you would expect from a top hostel. Super clean, organized, friendly and knowledgeable staff that are multilingual, high speed secure internet, great location a block from the metro subway stop, new comfortable mattresses, hot showers, some rooms with air-con if you need it, a beautiful backyard to lounge in and always an interesting mix of world travelers who are globetrotting as well as Brazilians using the hostel for a business trip to Sao Paulo. But I think the most important part of why this hostel is so successful is that its owner, Alice, is here at the hostel often and her attention to the detail's of running a top hostel is apparent. Of the 200+ hostels I have stayed in over the past 36 months in 96 countries so far, I put this hostel in the top 20 or top 10% of all hostels worldwide. Nice work Alice & Team!  , USA ()
5   A really VERY nice hostel, indeed. I had high hopes of Hostel Alice and I was certainly not disappointed. Receptionists Marianna and Adrianne (spelling correct?) are friendly and very efficient. They advised me where to eat out in the neighbourhood, where to best buy football shirts for my nephews back home and which brands of Brazilian coffee to take home as souvenirs, for example. The owner, whose name I unfortunately cannot recall, also made an effort to make my stay as pleasant as possible. Two German boys with whom I stayed in a hostel in Trindade, and whom I 'sent' to stay at Hostel Alice when in São Paulo, were also quite impressed, not in the least by the cleanliness. Unfortunately, they did not realise that they could just help themselves to the fresh fruit in the kitchen anytime during the day. The only possible drawback of this hostel could have been its location in the suburb of Vila Madalena, but the truth is that the metro station is only a three-minute walk from the hostel and the station of Vila Madalena only 3 stops from Paulista station. This is nothing when one considers that one can, unfortunately (or fortunately, in this case), not really stay in downtown São Paulo. Staying at Hostel Alice made my visit to São Paulo very pleasant, indeed.  , Netherlands ()

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